GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Dell Inspiron 6400 (Ganesha)
Ganesha is a Notebook with 1GB of memory, a 100GB hard disk, a DVDRW Dual Layer burner, a 15.4" screen, and a wireless card. The machine came with MS/Windows XP installed so the machine was originally set up for dual boot (now part of the Debian GNU/Linux install options). In 2011  it was set up with the intention of building a FreedomBox server running on Debian, but the time was too early. It became togaware.com.au, my local server. In 2013  it became the prototype EcoSysL server, also serving ecosysl.com in addition to togaware.com.au, and Ubuntu 13.10 was installed to bring it up to the same level as the other Togaware servers.
A default install using the Sarge 3.1r2 Debian GNU/Linux Installer, booting from a DVD+RW was performed (18 April 2005). The DVD image was obtained using jigdo-file (see Section 3.6.2). The system was fully upgraded to Sid (5 October 2008) with no problems.
A default install of Ubuntu 9.04 (5 September 2009) brought the computer up to date again.
Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.1 was install 21 April 2011, setting it up as an experimental FreedomBox.
Ubuntu 13.10 was installed 15 December 2013, setting it up as ecosysl.com.
Working: Dual Core 1.83GHz CPU, 1680x1050 resolution with Intel 945GM (i810), Broadcom Ethernet (b44), Intell 3945 Wireless (ipl3945), USB, CD/DVD, Flash Card Reader (sdhci), sound (snd-hda-intel).
Not working: Suspend, hibernate (although the command s2disk from the uswsusp package seems to work).
Not tested: Modem.
Issues: (see Troubleshooting below for resolution):